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Spokane Tribe Receives FAA Approval To Move Forward On Development In Airway Heights

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the Spokane Tribe's proposed designs for its 145 acre-mixed use development project on the West Plains.

The FAA conducted a thorough review of the plans for the proposed building that could affect the Spokane International Airport and Fairchild Air Force Base operations and determined that the highest proposed structure does not exceed obstruction standards and would not be a hazard to air navigation.

"This important review and clearance puts the Spokane Tribe's plans for a major development on the West Plains another step closer to completion," said Greg Abrahamson, Spokane Tribal Chairman. "This exciting project will bring thousands of much needed construction and permanent jobs to our region not only for Tribal members but for all sectors of the community," he added.

The unemployment rate on the Spokane Indian Reservation is over 50-percent and approval of this development project would help alleviate the high unemployment rate.

The Spokane Tribe is continuing regulatory and site planning work for the mixed-use project on Tribal land near Craig Road and Highway 2 adjacent to the City of Airway Heights. The Spokane Tribe previously announced agreements with the City of Airway Heights and Spokane County.

Chairman Abrahamson says the Tribe will continue moving through the "rigorous" application process with the Department of Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and appropriate state and local governments.

Chairman Abrahamson continues by saying, "the Spokane Tribe should be allowed the same playing field to achieve its self-sufficiency goals as a neighboring tribe was allowed within the aboriginal lands of the Spokane Tribe of Indians".

The proposed plans for the Spokane Tribe's West Plains property includes a Tribal Cultural Center, a hotel, resort and casino, retail, business and office space, and medical and counseling facilities.

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